'Burg Exchange Raising Hope at UMCM's CEL @ St. Mark's | UMCM Suncoast

'Burg Exchange Club of St. Petersburg
Raising Hope for the kids at our
Center for Early Learning @ St. Mark's

Volunteers from the Burg Exchange Club of St. Petersburg spent a sunny Saturday morning this month cleaning, organizing and rearranging the PTA Room/Meeting Hall at UMCM Suncoast’s Center for Early Learning (CEL) @ St. Mark’s.

The Burg Exchange Club volunteers showed up at the CEL ready to dust, sweep, mop and rid the PTA Room/Meeting Hall of old, broken or unsafe toys, cribs, high chairs and other no longer useful items.

The CEL’s 60 families use the PTA Room/Meeting Hall not only for PTA meetings but for student-family events, potluck dinners and family engagement activities.

“It was on my list of priorities to make the room as welcoming as possible. But the task seemed daunting with all the items that had been packed into the corners over the years. Then along came the Burg Exchange Club with their offer to declutter and clean. We are so grateful for their time and effort to make the meeting space a happier space,” said Christina Lombardi-Davis, Director of Early Learning Programs for UMCM Suncoast.

“When we heard that the PTA Room was in a bit of disarray, we knew we had to help. Ensuring that parents have a place where they can engage in the development of their children is important for long-term educational success,” says Victoria Dore, Burg Exchange Club Secretary.

About the 'Burg Exchange Club of St. Petersburg

Exchange helps members develop leadership, networking, and organizational skills that contribute to success in business, family and personal endeavors. More importantly, Exchange provides members with the opportunity to share their time and talents to help others, whether by reaching out to an abused child who needs love and affection or organizing a community crime prevention program or wielding rakes in a clean-up project. Through these and many other positive, public-spirited projects, Exchangites are making a real difference in cities and towns across America.

About Us

UMCM Suncoast works to alleviate the symptoms and address the causes of poverty through innovative educational programs; teaching the mechanisms and tools needed to cope with and overcome life’s obstacles allowing children, families and individuals to become self-sustaining, positive members of the community with skills needed for employability and for lifelong educational success.